Working in childcare can be a hugely rewarding career. There are many full and part-time careers available to suit your own lifestyle and family arrangements. You could work for an existing childcare provider or you could develop your own childcare business.
Working for an existing childcare provider
There are many settings and environments that might interest you, including working in nurseries and pre-schools, play work, Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants. See the Gov.uk guidance on early years qualifications finder for more information.
Starting a new childcare business
You may wish to start your own business.
Becoming a childminder
Childminders run a childcare business in their own homes for payment. We offer free introductory childminder briefing sessions to help you decide if childminding is the right career for you. See becoming a childminder for more information and details of where to go for further support.
Home childcarers / Nannies
This is where you provide childcare in someone else's home. The Gov.uk website has information about registering as a nanny
Setting up a new nursery or other group childcare business
There are many different childcare businesses, including nurseries, preschools and out-of-school care (e.g. after-school clubs). For more information on setting up your own business, see Starting a Childcare Business in Merton
There are many websites that may help you consider whether working in childcare is for you:
Early Years, Childcare and Children's Centre Service
10th Floor, Civic Centre